Weekly NCGA Roundup: Apple Campus, Military Bills, Daylight Saving Time, and More
This is part of a series that examines the bills the state legislature has introduced, the progress they have made in the chamber, and the impact they may have on the future of the state. . Read last week’s summary here.
North Carolina General Assembly leadership welcomed the arrival of Apple’s new campus in the Research Triangle on Monday.
Read last week’s rundown here.
The announcement of the project closed a week in which bills on veterans, daylight saving time and many other topics made their way into the legislative building.
Apple hub brings jobs home
Apple has announced a new business venture in North Carolina – building a new center in the Research Triangle.
Apple said it plans to invest more than $ 1 billion in North Carolina and the project will create at least 3,000 new jobs. The company also said it would create a $ 100 million fund to support schools and community initiatives in the greater Raleigh-Durham region and contribute more than $ 110 million in infrastructure spending for the 80 counties. state who need it most.
Legislative leaders and Governor Roy Cooper have applauded the investment, which they say highlights the importance of a favorable climate for state-owned businesses, world-class universities and welcoming and diverse communities.
“This announcement will benefit communities in our state and we are proud to work together to continue to grow our economy and bring transformational industries and well-paying jobs to North Carolina,” they said in a joint statement.
Support for veterans
The General Assembly has also moved forward with several bills to fund programs that support military ex-combatants statewide.
Bill 370, known as the No Veteran Left Behind Act, provides public funds to establish and implement a pilot program to expand the justice response program for veterans.
The pilot program would partner with nonprofits and government entities to assess each county’s initial response to veterans in crisis. It would also help educate first responders and others about veteran-specific crisis interventions, suicide prevention, and the VA resources available to them.
The bill was passed unanimously in the House and was heralded as an important step in supporting military veterans and local communities in general.
“As a thirty-three year veteran of law enforcement, this is an indispensable bill that will be of great benefit to local communities,” said Representative Charlie Miller (R-Brunswick ) in a press release.
Another veterans-related bill, House Bill 138, was enacted by the governor on April 21, after being passed unanimously by both houses of the legislature.
The bill designates April 24 as the Day of the Wounded Heroes in North Carolina. It was adopted in honor of the Army Sgt. Michael Verardo, who after suffering serious injuries in Afghanistan has undergone 120 surgeries and is now an active member of his community.
The governor applauded the passage of the bill and clarified that the state is committed to providing all possible support to veterans who reside there.
“North Carolina is the most military-friendly state in the country and we must continue to work to make sure we support our veterans and wounded warriors,” Cooper said in a statement.
Also on the register
Many other bills were passed in the Legislature this week:
- Bill 307, which would allow North Carolina to observe daylight saving time year-round, was passed by an overwhelming majority in the House on April 22. The bill also passed first reading in the Senate, and now sits on its Rules Committee.
- Bill 211 would ease restrictions on the service of food and beverages in restaurants and bars, notwithstanding the limits imposed on them by decree. Nearly 30 Republican lawmakers have signed on.
- Senate Bill 35 would change the legal age of marriage to 18 or over.
- Senate Bill 121 would allocate funds to provide legally mandated 7 percent salary increases to employees of local community colleges in the state.
Finally, on a less substantial note, the General Assembly is set to make the loggerhead turtle the official saltwater reptile of North Carolina.
House Bill 281, the measure that would make it official, passed unanimously in the House on April 22 and is awaiting further action in the Senate, having passed its first reading on April 26.
To receive daily news and headlines delivered to your inbox every morning, sign up for our email newsletters.